(Looking for fiction submissions? Go here.)

The Waking is Ruminate's online publication space. We’re looking for short-form work that questions, that shakes off easily won meaning, that is rooted in image, specific moment or memory, that, as Bernard Cooper says “magnif[ies] some small aspect of what it means to be human.” We seek to publish work that invites us into the moment: a pause, an in-between, an opening. 

What do we mean by nonfiction/hybrid work? In addition to traditional nonfiction, we're looking for your:

  • lyric essays
  • flash essays
  • prose poems
  • image/text hybrids
  • ruminations (formerly our blog post category)
  • etc.


We prefer submissions that are less than 1500 words but won’t rule out work that's a tad longer. You can send up to 3 micro pieces in the same document if the total word count is under 1500.

We are particularly excited about sharing voices that aren't often heard (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other historically marginalized groups). If this is you, feel free to let us know!

If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you.

Please send your piece as a Word doc.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please withdraw your piece on Submittable if it has been accepted elsewhere.


Editor of The Waking: Cherie Nelson


If your work is accepted: 

  • Part of the ethos of our magazine is working collaboratively with our writers to illuminate their lovely work! Most pieces we accept go through a revision process beyond line editing. 
  • We are also excited to now offer our published writers an honorarium of $10 and a complimentary back issue of our print magazine (normally $15 each)! 
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.